The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Ballard Spahr LLP

1735 MARKET STREET, 51ST FLOOR, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103-7599, USA
Tel:
Work +1 215 665 8500
Fax:
Fax +1 215 864 8999
Email:
Web:
www.ballardspahr.com

United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP merged with Lindquist & Vennum PLLP in January 2018, a deal which added seven attorneys to the firm's real estate team, which advises on development, land use, tax structuring, construction, leasing, condominiums, mixed-use projects and condemnation. The firm also represents borrowers and lenders in relation to private equity, REITs and CMBS. Clients include developers, hotel brands, management companies, housing authorities, underwriters and investors. Mark Pollak in Baltimore recently advised Sagamore Development on its $6.9bn, 260-acre Port Covington redevelopment project. Philadelphia-based Tina Makoulian represented The Chemours Company on the $100m development and construction of a 330,000 square foot office, research and lab facility on the University of Delaware's science, technology and advanced research campus in Newark. Another highlight included acting for SRDV on the $300m development of the St Regis Deer Valley Hotel in Utah; this included advising on negotiations with unit purchasers, zoning and entitlements, property tax appeals and hotel management. Practice chair Bart Mellits and Alan Ritterband, both based in Philadelphia, are also recommended. The new joiners from Lindquist included three partners in Minneapolis: Laura Krenz, James Walston and Debra Page. Jeffrey Page also joined the firm as partner in New York from Reed Smith LLP. David Barksdale departed for Loeb & Loeb LLP.

[back to top]

United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 5

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP's 'overall team performance is exceptional', according to one source, who particularly notes Philadelphia's Edward Rogers for his 'excellent client communication skills and outstanding efficiency with his client's time'. In recent highlights, Stephen Kastenberg secured a major win for GlaxoSmithKline in two related class action suits arising from an alleged conspiracy to file sham patent litigation and enter into 'reverse payment' agreements to suppress the entry to market of generic competition. Leslie John is currently representing Niagara Bottling in a false advertising claim brought by a seller of bulk spring water and a nationwide class of sellers. He also acted for SIGMA Corporation in 19 individual class actions centered on price-fixing and monopolization allegations. Also notable is New York's Jay Fastow, who 'is clearly an antitrust expert'.

[back to top]

Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff
Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff - ranked: tier 3

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP's antitrust team 'is simply exceptional'. In Philadelphia, Edward Rogers 'has great communication skills and is efficient with his time and his clients'. In New York, Jay Fastow 'is excellent in the field of litigation' and 'a great guide through complicated issues'. Stephen Kastenberg recently led advice to GlaxoSmithKline regarding two related class actions claiming substantial damages arsing from an alleged conspiracy with Biovail to bring sham patent litigation against generics manufacturers and to enter into reverse-payment agreements. Rogers and Fastow teamed up with Jason Leckerman to represent 19 municipalities and water authorities in their claims against chemical companies and select individuals on the grounds of an alleged conspiracy to inflate the price of aluminum sulfate. Leslie John leads the practice and is also a key name to note. Named individuals are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.

[back to top]

United States: Dispute resolution

E-discovery
E-discovery - ranked: tier 3

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP's Philadelphia-based group is well equipped to provide litigation support to clients in the form of, among other things, data collection, extraction, review, production and preservation. It is also often called upon to advise on litigation hold, back-up and retention policies. The team is led by industry veteran Philip Yannella, whose past mandates include serving as e-discovery counsel to Nasdaq in the litigation surrounding Facebook's initial public offering. The group advised and represented PNC Bank on all phases of electronic discovery in multi-district litigation relating to overdraft fees. On the advisory side, it assisted New York University with the development of an internal legal hold standard operating procedure, and advised American Credit Acceptance on the development of a full suite of litigation hold, record retention, data privacy and security policies and procedures. It also serves on the e-discovery and data management counsel panel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

[back to top]

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense - ranked: tier 2

Ballard Spahr LLP

With extensive experience in class actions, Ballard Spahr LLP¬†has ‚Äėdeep knowledge‚Äô of the automotive industry and ‚Äėtakes a pragmatic approach to litigation‚Äô. In New Jersey, ‚Äėhighly responsive‚Äô practice head Neal Walters¬†and Roberto Rivera-Soto¬†are representing longstanding client Kia Motors in a¬†class action alleging consumer fraud and breach of warranty based on brake defects; Walters is also defending Subaru against allegations that several of its vehicle models suffer from engine rod defects. In other work, the team is acting for automotive seat manufacturer Johnson Controls in two lawsuits claiming the plaintiffs sustained enhanced injuries in motor vehicle accidents as a result of certain seat defects. New Jersey-based associate Casey Watkins, who has ‚Äėexcellent legal skills‚Äô is¬†also recommended. John Kearney retired in December 2017.

[back to top]

United States: Finance

Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - ranked: tier 6

Ballard Spahr LLP

With practitioners situated throughout the country, including in the Midwest following its merger with Minnesota-based Lindquist & Venuum, Ballard Spahr LLP has the critical mass and depth of expertise to provide a 'very knowledgeable and responsive service' to clients across the gamut of issues affecting their consumer finance businesses. The team is 'regularly and meaningfully engaged in rule-making and legislative proposals and has contacts within the agencies to be able to clarify matters when needed'. Recently the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (and one of 11 lawyers within the team accepted as a member of the ACCFSL), Philadelphia-based team head Alan Kaplinsky has tremendous credibility in the industry and is regularly engaged by industry bodies, including the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), to provide comment letters on behalf of their members to the CFPB. A leading authority on the use of arbitration provisions in consumer financial services contracts, Kaplinsky had a pivotal role in repealing the final Arbitration Rule, which prohibited the use of class action waivers in arbitration agreements thereby conferring considerable financial benefits on the industry by avoiding a potential floodgate of class action claims. The firm has also forged a strong reputation in the fintech space, particularly with regard to marketplace lending. Based out of the firm's Philadelphia office, John Culhane provides 'solutions-oriented advice', particularly as it relates to student lending law. Other recommended practitioners include Washington DC-based mortgage banking specialists Richard Andreano and John Socknat; Philadelphia-based Mark Furlettti, who heads the firm's Telephone Consumer Protection Act team; and Washington DC-based payments expert Christopher Ford, who joined in August 2018 from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Scott Pearson left to join Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Next Generation Partners

Mark Furletti - Ballard Spahr LLP

[back to top]

Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 5

Ballard Spahr LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 5

Ballard Spahr LLP

The energy and project finance team at Ballard Spahr LLP is instructed by lenders and sponsors in project finance mandates, where renewable energy projects are a particular area of expertise. Thomas Hoffmann in Washington DC and Patrick Gillard in Philadelphia jointly head the team, which includes Dirk Michels in Los Angeles and Minneapolis-based Raymond Faricy. Darin Lowder joined Foley & Lardner LLP in 2019.

[back to top]

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal - ranked: tier 1

Ballard Spahr LLP

The Ballard Spahr LLP practice specializes in bonded debt, and benefits from the firm’s expertise in local and labor tax. Vincent Marriott, based in Philadelphia, leads a team that is experienced Chapter 9, acting for indenture trustees, credit enhancers and borrowers. Public finance specialist William Rhodes, also in Philadelphia, is head of the firm’s municipal recovery initiative. The department represented the National Federation of Municipal Analysts in the preparation and submission of an amicus curia brief at the First Circuit. The matter relates to a ruling at the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico against the holders and insurers of special revenue bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority; associate Chantelle McClamb was heavily involved in this case. In another highlight, the practice is representing Wells Fargo, as indenture trustee, in the default and bankruptcy of a multi-hospital health system in California that has multiple series of municipal bonds outstanding. Adding strength to the national finance and bankruptcy bench are William Wassweiler, who joined the team in Minneapolis after the firm merged with legacy firm Lindquist & Vennum LLP; and David Fernandez, who arrived in the New York office from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Leading lawyers

William C. Rhodes - Ballard Spahr LLP

Rising stars

Chantelle McClamb - Ballard Spahr LLP

[back to top]

United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power
Energy: renewable/alternative power - ranked: tier 3

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP handles project acquisitions, construction agreements, and project development and financing arrangements for project developers and sponsors, tax equity investors, bank lenders and governmental entities. Philadelphia-based Patrick Gillard heads the practice group. Raymond Faricy joined the Minneapolis office as a result of the firm's merger with Lindquist & Vennum PLLP.

[back to top]

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 4

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and practical‚Äô benefits practice saw considerable growth in 2018 following a merger with Lindquist & Vennum PLLP, which brought to the team Minneapolis-based Joshua Natzel¬†and Robert Hartman. ‚ÄėExcellent advisor‚Äô and practice head¬†Brian Pinheiro¬†has ‚Äėthorough knowledge of the benefits field and is pleasure to work with‚Äô; he and Diane Thompson¬†regularly handle matters involving executive compensation, including 409A and 280G compliance, health and welfare benefit plans and qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. In addition, the team advises Capital Health on C-suite deferred compensation agreements, and assists Wawa Inc with its ESOP and employee health benefit arrangements. Further, Pinheiro and counsel Edward Leeds¬†are providing ERISA fiduciary advice to CSL Behring. Additional clients include American Pension Services, NRG Energy and Union Pacific. Named lawyers are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.

[back to top]

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 1

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP acts for both buyers and sellers, ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational public companies, in deals spanning the middle- and lower-middle markets; and the practice has deal experience in sectors such as life sciences, technology, aerospace, manufacturing and telecoms. Other industry areas of expertise include gaming, consumer products, retail, healthcare, financial services, waste management and energy. Active clients are Vynamic, Organa Brands and PVH. The firm's M&A attorneys also regularly work alongside its tax, securities, executive compensation, employee benefits, IP and environmental law colleagues. The M&A practice group has worked on a broad variety of M&A transactions, including public and private mergers, stock acquisitions and divestitures, and asset purchases and sales. Karen McConnell in Phoenix and Minneapolis' Robert Tunheim co-chair the private equity group. New York's retail and fashion group practice leader David Landau led advice to PVH on the acquisition of Geoffrey Beene, a men’s clothing brand; Michele Rowland in Denver acted for Organa Brands, which comprises cannabis industry brands, in the sale of its National Concessions Group operations to Slang Worldwide, a newly formed special purpose Canadian company; and co-practice leader of the emerging growth and venture capital group Gregory Seltzer assisted Dan Calista, the sole owner of the membership interest of Vynamic, a healthcare industry management consulting firm, with the sale of the membership interest to Riverwalk Healthcare, a newly formed subsidiary of UDG Healthcare US Holdings. Also highly regarded are co-practice life sciences and technology group leader Brian Doerner; David Rudd in Salt Lake City, whose clients include private equity fund buyers and sellers as well as strategic buyers and sellers; Damon Barry leads the firm’s sports practice in Denver. Amit Kakkar is a notable associate. Named individuals are in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.

Next Generation Partners

Amit Kakkar - Ballard Spahr LLP

[back to top]

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 4

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP has particular expertise in advising distressed corporates on strategic outsourcing matters in the context of corporate restructuring; it also has noted expertise in the renegotiation of outsourcing agreements. Key figures in the team include Washington DC-based Christopher D. Ford, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, and counsel David H. Medlar, who joined the New York office from Morrison & Foerster LLP. The practice group is especially active in the logistics, payment processing and financial services industries. Recent highlights included the team representing an aviation company in negotiations regarding the outsourcing and standardization of its payment stream, and assisting a healthcare and pharmaceutical company with the restructuring of its global accounting outsourcing relationship.

Leading lawyers

Christopher D. Ford - Ballard Spahr LLP

[back to top]

United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 2

Ballard Spahr LLP

Noted in particular for its work in Philadelphia and Baltimore, Ballard Spahr LLP assists clients with permits and approvals for real estate development projects, including environmental permitting and historical preservation issues. Of note, the team provides ongoing advice to the Philadelphia Phillies regarding modifications made to Citizens Bank Park, which recently included an interactive baseball-featured entertainment center and a hardened security perimeter intended to protect from potential terrorist attacks. Additionally, Philadelphia-based practice head Matthew McClure acted for Nature Lands in obtaining land use approvals for 1,500 acres of preservation and conservation areas in Pennsylvania, and successfully defended the client in opposing litigation. In Philadelphia the firm is acting for Southern Land in its $300m development of a mixed-use high-rise project on a one-acre site on Rittenhouse Square. In Salt Lake City, Thomas Bennett is assisting SRDV with the development of the St. Regis Deer Valley Hotel at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

[back to top]

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) - ranked: tier 3

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP advises public and private REITs on complex corporate, securities, tax, real estate, and bankruptcy law issues. HCP is a longstanding REIT client that invests primarily in real estate serving the US healthcare industry; the team recently advised HCP, as borrower, on a new $2bn unsecured revolving credit facility and a $750m at-the-market equity offering. Charles Moran and Douglas Fox, and Craig Ganz in Phoenix, are experienced advisers. Thomas Bashore II is a notable of counsel. The attorneys recommended are in Baltimore unless otherwise stated.

Rising stars

Thomas Bashore II - Ballard Spahr LLP

[back to top]


Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to